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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
Drunk Driving legislation advocated federally!

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
Credit: National Today

+ McClatchy News: Washington law enforcement increases distracted driving patrols in April

From The Spokesmen-Review (Spokane):

Joan Davis: Technology a vital tool in stopping drunken driving

Joan Davis, whose daughter Jessica tragically passed away after being a victim of a drunk driving crash, has called upon Senator Maria Cantwell and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers to join her and Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) in supporting legislation that would require a federally mandated safety standard to move this lifesaving technology from the research and development stage into an installation requirement for all new automobiles. Joan is available for interview. 

Joan is advocating for this technology to prevent other families from going through the same pain as hers. She is a volunteer and board member with MADD and hopes to continue to raise awareness and government support for this issue. In her words, “Technology is the only remaining tool available to stop the slaughter on our roads and highways caused by drunken driving.”

Specifically, two technologies would save thousands of lives by stopping drunk driving: 

  • Driver monitoring which can detect signs of distracted, impaired or fatigued driving.
  • Alcohol detection which uses sensors to determine whether a driver is under the influence and then prevents the vehicle from moving. 

More than 9,400 lives could be saved if all new cars had this advanced technology installed, according to a study by the highly regarded Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Read more

Posted by Steve on April 6, 2021 at 12:31 am | Permalink

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